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UbiComp 2006: Ubiquitous Computing

Volume 4206 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 19-34

Principles of Smart Home Control

  • Scott DavidoffAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Institute + School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , Min Kyung LeeAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Institute + School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , Charles YiuAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Institute + School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , John ZimmermanAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Institute + School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , Anind K. DeyAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Institute + School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

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Abstract

Seeking to be sensitive to users, smart home researchers have focused on the concept of control. They attempt to allow users to gain control over their lives by framing the problem as one of end-user programming. But families are not users as we typically conceive them, and a large body of ethnographic research shows how their activities and routines do not map well to programming tasks. End-user programming ultimately provides control of devices. But families want more control of their lives. In this paper, we explore this disconnect. Using grounded contextual fieldwork with dual-income families, we describe the control that families want, and suggest seven design principles that will help end-user programming systems deliver that control.